Author(s): Simon Van Booy
The characters in Simon Van Booy's The Illusion of Separateness discover at their darkest moments of fear and isolation that they are not alone, that they were never alone, that every human being is a link in a chain we cannot see. This gripping novel - inspired by true events - tells the interwoven stories of a deformed German infantryman, a lonely British film child on the brink of starvation, and a caretaker at a retirement home for actors in Santa Monica. The same world moves under each of them, so that one by one, through seemingly random acts of selflessness, a veil is lifted to reveal the vital parts they have played in one another's lives, and the illusion of their separateness.
* Widespread review coverage in newspapers such as the Weekend Australian, Age, Sydney Morning Herald, NZ Herald and Sunday Star Times * Review coverage in magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Australian Women's Weekly, Good Reading, NZ Listener and Next Magazine * QAs in magazines such as Good Reading, Vogue and websites such as Readings blog and The Hoopla * A piece by Van Booy about the real life romance and WWII history that inspired the novel to be placed in Australian and NZ media * Select radio interviews * Online review coverage on Booktopia, Girl with a Satchel, The Hoopla and Mama Mia Book Circle * Early reading copies available to the trade * Featured in bookseller newsletters and catalogues * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, Griffith Review and the Monthly, and on their associated websites * Featured in the Text Publishing newsletters to subscribers and in banner advertising online * Reading Group Notes available
Simon Van Booy was born in Great Britain and grew up in rural Wales. He is the author of The Secret Lives of People in Love, Love Begins in Winter (winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award) and the novel, Everything Beautiful Began After. He is the editor of three philosophy books, titled Why We Fight, Why We Need Love, and Why Our Decisions Don't Matter. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, and ELLE Men (China), where he has a monthly column. He has also written for the stage, National Public Radio, and the BBC. He was a finalist for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, and his work has been translated into more than fifteen languages. He lives in New York.